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Intel's Celeron due in terminals

Intel's Celeron chip will begin to appear in low-cost terminal computers in Japan later this year.

Although the new Celeron chip is getting a tepid response from computer vendors, the processor will begin to appear in low-cost terminal computers in Japan later this year.

Intel will market digital information terminals with Japanese and European computers vendors in the second half of the year, according to reports in Nihon Keizai Shimbun, a major Japanese business newspaper.

The terminals will be configured with the 266-MHz Celeron processor, which uses the Pentium II core, and likely retail for $800 to $900. Five manufacturers have signed up for the effort while others are expected to sign on in by the year 2000, according to the newspaper.

Information terminals provide Internet access, email services, and access to Web-based information.

The Celeron processor family, which came to market yesterday, is Intel's answer for the inexpensive computer and information appliance market, according to Mike Aymar, vice president and general manager of Intel's consumer products group.

The chip will start to appear in sub-$1,200 computers over the next month, and begin to appear in TV set-top boxes and other entertainment devices in the fall of 1999, Aymar has said. The chip will also appear in $500 Windows-based terminals later this year, other sources have said.

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